Limit on HDD?

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  1. doubledee macrumors 6502

    doubledee

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    I have an old white MacBook, circa 2008, and have Snow Leopard on it.

    Are there any limitations on how big of a Hard-Drive (HDD) I can install?

    (I thought you couldn't go over 750GB because of software or hardware compatibility issues...)

    Thanks,


    Debbie
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't believe any SATA equipped Mac has an upper limitation on capacity. There may by a physical size limit (check the height specifically).
     
  3. doubledee thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So I can buy and install a 1TB HDD with confidence?


    Debbie
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    If it is the correct physical size. Beware that even Laptop drives come in a variety of heights and some, quite possibly, will not fit
     
  5. dylin macrumors 6502a

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    like Robbie said, just as long as you get a 2.5" harddrive, 1 TB should be fine
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    But you can only use 2.5" S-ATA HDDs with a maximum height of 9.5 mm in white MacBooks.

    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)
     
  7. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

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    Actually the Apple Support website reports there is a limit to the size of a volume in Mac OS X. So you probably want to check there first before installing a Hard Drive to make sure it is under the limit.
     
  8. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Link?
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    So the OP will probably be under the limits stated in that link, as there are no 2 TB 2.5" HDDs yet and 1 TB is less than 2 TB, but then again, the OP is at least using Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, thus the 8 EB limit is the relevant one, but there is no single HDD of that size, though maybe in 3.5' form factor.
     
  10. doubledee thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I bought a...

    Am "burning it in" as we speak.

    It fit just fine.

    Was bummed I couldn't find any 1 TB Seagate HDDs at the store...

    Thanks,


    Debbie
     

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